Santa Maria, Holiday accommodation in Tuscany
|Per week||€1,600 - €2,300|
Santa Maria has 1 double bedroom with fly screens and a full bathroom accessible from both the bedroom and living room. There is a laundry on the ground floor.
Stairs lead to the first floor with an open dining/ kitchen with high ceilings, wooden beams, original terracotta floors and open fireplace.
To the RT there is a door separating the sleeping area:2 bedrooms with screens on the windows and 1 bathroom between them with tub/shower.
To the LT, another door with a further 2 bedrooms with fly screens and bathroom with shower are there.
There is a door from the dining room/ kitchen leading to the exterior staircase.
The 3 bathrooms are accessible from all rooms. (2 with bathtub/shower/bidet and handbasin; 1 with shower, wc, bidet and hand basin)
The house is equipped with Tuscan country furnishings typical for a farmhouse.
Beautiful views of the medieval towns surrounding the property, the valley and fields. Mount Amiata is the backdrop.
There is a Pool 12.5mx6.5m with lounges and a pergola for shade.
Garden: Typical of the area with Cyprus trees, roses, lavender, ginestra and a large pine.
This area is one of the most sorts after one by the Italians as it has remained "unspoilt". Also this is made famous by the photographers who photographed the area for postcards, books and calendars. The area offers so much due to its closeness to Siena, Pienza, Montalcino, San Quirico; the antique thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni and San Fillipo. Florence is an easy day trip. Numerous beautiful medieval villages that have been restored to perfection, yet still maintain their original beauty and lifestyle of the Tuscany of years gone by.
Santa Maria is located in the Siena area in the middle of a nature reserve full of pheasant, deer, hares, owls and other wildlife. At 20kms there are the towns of the Mount Amiata. The area is also a gastronomic heaven producing cheeses (famous pecorino cheeses of Pienza), fresh handmade pasta, some of the best and most noted wines of Italy, truffles, the famous Porcini mushrooms, wild boar, safron, honey and the Chianina meat.
The locals boast a love of their land; they are very hospitable, friendly and relaxed. The typically Tuscan villages are charming, characteristic and full of history and culture. Small shops with local produce and artifacts line the shaded stone lined streets. For the wine lovers one can sit outside and taste the famous wines of the region at many of the enotecas and bars. The enoteca also serves meals, platters of cheeses and cold cuts (prosciutto, salame etc.).
These characteristic Tuscan towns grasp onto the history of the region with honor, celebrating all the medieval and local festivals as they have done for centuries.
Driving through this area is a treat in itself; Cyprus lined rolling hills spotted with medieval villages and towers. Large country homes and a constant changing landscape depend on the crops of the season. From this location one can easily embark on day trips to Florence, Siena, Cortona, Montepulciano, Montalcino and venture over the hill to discover the magnificent coast line of Maremma only 40mins drive.
Perugia, Cortona and Arezzo are all within easy reach.
Rome is 1.5hrs away.
|Nov 03 2013||Dec 15 2013||-||-||€1,600||-||6 nights|
|Dec 15 2013||Jan 05 2014||-||-||€2,000||-||6 nights|
|Jan 01 2014||Feb 01 2014||-||-||€1,600||-||6 nights|
|Apr 21 2014||Jun 26 2014||-||-||€2,000||-||6 nights|
|May 26 2014||Sep 29 2014||-||-||€2,300||-||6 nights|
|Sep 29 2014||Nov 03 2014||-||-||€2,000||-||6 nights|
|Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.|
|Deposits: Refundable damage deposit: 500 euro Payable on arrival|
|Payment Options: Visa, Mastercard, PayPal|
|Other Fees: Final cleaning fee: 100euro for 8 pers ; 120euro 8-10pers Heat on Consumption Cellular Telephone hire(book in advance): 15 euro Extra bed: 50euro/week (max 2 ) baby cot: available 50euro/week|
Santa Maria is magical! Ten of us stayed there: friends and family. It was beautiful and peaceful. Waking up to the crowing of a rooster made my mornings even more special. The pictures on the internet do not do Santa Maria justice...it is magnificent! There is so much room; it is warm; it is everything you think Tuscany should be. I do believe this is Heaven on Earth.
We explored all the small villages; Pienza was one of our favorites. We were out and about most of the day, but found that one of our favorite things was to go into the villages, buy the specialties such as the cheeses, breads, olives and - of course - the fabulous wines. We brought them home (Santa Maria) and set all the food on the table outside on the patio. We sat around the table, talked about our adventures of the day (shopping, food, sight-seeing) while we enjoyed our feast. Many of us stayed up until the sun was rising. Words cannot express how beautiful this place is. Meaghan and Ranjani are so wonderful, kind, helpful and sincere. I must have emailed and called them a gazillion times and they always replied with the same kindness.
I cannot wait to return. Thanks again for the most wonderful time.
Thanks again and God's Peace,
we loved the villa and the area
Thank you for a nice holiday in Tuscany !
MVH / Best regards
Thankyou meaghan for a wonderful stay in santa maria, we had a fabulous time and just loved the villa
we cann't tell you what a lovely vacation we had thankyou for everything
Everyone enjoyed the trip and especially the villa and the area around there. Carolyn is still talking about the cooking class. Am sure you will be hearing from us again.
George and Carolyn Porter and family
Fabulous Tucsan farmhouse with wonderful views. Perfect haven for quiet, relaxing holiday.
RE Advice to Italy First Time Travellers Who wants to queue for the Accademia - book ahead to see David.
Mark & Tracey Studholme